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5 Blogging Lessons to Bring into the New Year

5 Blogging Lessons to Bring into the New Year

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Can you believe New Years is less than 3 days away? I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas. I took a little break to enjoy my time with my family, but I will be rounding out the end of the year with two more blog post including this one. Today I wanted to talk about my second year blogging and the blogging lessons I learned this year and my goals for next year, as well as share this classic winter white outfit perfect for New Years.

5 Blogging Lessons to Bring into the New Year

As I finish my second year of blogging, I am very thankful for being able to learn so much and grow in this past year. Earlier this year when I attended my first blogger conference at Thrive, and I wrote five actions I would implement this year that I learned from the conference. Implementing these actions has helped grow my blog as well as help me as an entrepreneur in balancing my new-found blog business. I never thought in a million years I would be a full-time blogger and making income from it. I remember writing this article a couple of months ago recapping some major blogging mile stones and my “10 Tips to Success for First Time Bloggers“. I can’t believe how much more I learned in these past 8 months. Here are five blogging lessons I’ve learned in 2016.

5 Blogging Lessons to Bring into the New Year:

1. If you don’t ask, you will never know. 

Don’t be afraid to negotiate or to ask for more than they are offering. I have found almost 90% of the times companies are willing to do more, or give more.

2. Know Your Worth 

  I have seen so many bloggers who work so hard, invest in photographers, only to do free post for brands, without any compensation at all, not even free products. If you are constantly renting clothes and investing time and money to do free advertising for a brand you want to build a relationship with, yet expecting nothing else in return you are devaluing yourself and your business. The more work you do for free the less time you have to invest in work that you could get paid for.

3. Hustle Hard

Don’t wait for opportunities to come to your doorstep,  go out and make those opportunities. Reach out to brands you are interested in working with, network with other bloggers and brands, but don’t think you are only limited to the brands who reach out to you.

4. Business vs Personal Relationships

One thing about blogging is you will meet so many wonderful people who eventually become your friends, but remember to be able to distinguish the difference between a business and a personal relationship, and not take anything personal that may be considered business. So whether you are not invited to a particular “blogger event”, or if someone doesn’t like your Instagram picture or blog, doesn’t mean they don’t like you as a person or friend. Avoid cliques and the drama, and it will take your business to the next level.

5. Know Your Why

Last but not least, I think knowing why you blog  is the most important thing I learned this year. It is so easy to get caught in the hype, the opportunities, the free trips, clothes, and the money that we lose sight of why we blog in the first place. It is so easy to get discouraged if you are only focused on the money aspect of the blog, and if that’s the only reason why you blog, well you won’t get far.

I started blogging because I wanted to share my experience as a first time mom, and in this past two years it has evolved into something more. I blog because I want to help others, I want to inspire others, I want to encourage others, and I want to share my story that has God has given me. I blog because I know I can make a difference through my blog.

So this year my goals for blogging will be more than just numbers, but ideals. This next year I will be taking on my first ever interns for my blog. I cannot wait to help mentor them and share my knowledge and my passion with them. Because I know my greatest success is not in how much money I make, or how many followers or page views I have, but it will be from helping others succeed and grow.

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I just want to personally thank every single one of you who have taken the time to read my blog. I would not be where I am without each and everyone of you. Thank you so much for your support. Please comment below if there is anything you would like to learn more of or see more of in this next year. Love ya’ll! <3

<3 Dawn

P.S. This outfit was taken at the wonderful Brennan’s in Houston for my beautiful blogger mama’s The Ashmore Blog holiday brunch.  If you have never been I highly recommend it! Thank you Brennan’s for hosting us!

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  • Reply ruthieridley

    “The more work you do for free the less time you have to invest in work that will get you paid.” This is a theme for me lately and I am going to work on doing less for free this year. Thank you for this really powerful post. I feel encouraged now… I embark on 2 years on January 2nd and I am ready to take it by force!

    December 28, 2016 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Amanda | Glitter & Spice

    I love your tips! And totally agree about getting paid – it took me way too long to realize this but it’s been such a turning point in my blogging life. Also I love this dress on you!
    XO Amanda |

    December 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thanks Amanda!?

      December 28, 2016 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Whitman

    This was a fantastic post. I love that you talked more about why you began your blog and gave us some great tips for blogging in the year to come. You look stunning in that winter white outfit, and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

    Stephanie //

    December 28, 2016 at 10:26 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thanks Stephanie!?

      December 28, 2016 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Nicole Leffew

    I loved reading this Dawn! I would love to go to a conference! I need to learn to ask for more. I am finally only doing paid posts but I want to learn to negotiate more. Thanks for sharing this!

    December 28, 2016 at 10:32 pm
  • Reply UrbanBlonde

    These are fantastic tips!! I need to especially work on #4.
    & You look gorgeous in this dress!

    xO – Steph

    December 28, 2016 at 10:58 pm
  • Reply Kristina

    These are great tips and I totally agree with all of them! Hope you have a happy new year!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

    December 29, 2016 at 3:33 am
  • Reply Meg O.

    You’re the best, girlfriend! You are such a hustler and I LOVE your spirit of getting out there and getting what you want!! I definitely need to learn how to be more like you with that! Happy New Year, sweet friend!

    December 29, 2016 at 4:46 am
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thank you! You are the best! Seriously owe so much to you my friend!???

      January 3, 2017 at 2:51 am
  • Reply Salena

    Well said. Good luck on your blog next year

    December 29, 2016 at 5:11 am
  • Reply Hillary @ Style in a Small Town

    This is a great list! I’m obsessed with your bag!


    December 30, 2016 at 1:36 am
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thank you!?

      January 3, 2017 at 2:51 am
  • Reply Laura

    Those are all such great tips! Loving this look BTW!
    Styled Adventures

    December 30, 2016 at 8:42 pm
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thank you Laura!?

      January 3, 2017 at 2:51 am
  • Reply larissa

    Love these lessons, Dawn!

    Happy New Year!

    xo, L

    December 31, 2016 at 5:57 am
    • Reply dawnpdarnell

      Thank you Larissa!?

      January 3, 2017 at 2:52 am
  • Reply sarasab

    Know your Why completely resonates with me, as it’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day blogging shuffle! Great post and happy new year!

    xo, Sara

    January 7, 2017 at 5:20 am
  • Reply Ashley J.

    Love this, especially the bit about Business vs. Personal! It reminds me of the book “The 5 Agreements”, and the advice to never take anything personal. Easier said than done sometimes, but absolutely essential.

    January 16, 2017 at 5:24 am
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